Originally Posted by kentyman
Quick correction: It's "Copyright", not "Copywrite". I just don't want anyone stealing your ideas. ;)
I understand what you are saying here, kentyman, and it's no disrespect, but just slapping a "Copyright" on these documents will not stop anyone from anywhere on the internet from chancing across this thread and stealing Kirby's, yours, my, or anyone else's ideas. In fact, should Kirby wish to patent this idea, anyone, and I mean anyone who had any involvement with input on the valet could claim status as an inventor, and be entitled to their name being listed on the patent...and more importantly, compensation for the patent. In order to prevent this, Kirby, you really should have some sort of assignment of invention that gives you exclusive rights to your product. Without such, any old darsch can come along, and if they claim (and can prove) that they contributed to the design, you are SOL from excluding them from using the patent or licensing it out to a bigger competitor, which might literally give all of that thinking you did on this project to someone else who probably wasn't entitled to it. Love it, hate it-it's just the way the patent system works. I understand your desire to get out on this thread and get feedback on your ideas, but you are leaving yourself open to someone coming and swooping up your designs and excluding you from using them. Someone who thought this was a really good idea could take these drawings of yours to a patent lawyer and within 2 weeks have an application pending and cut your off at your knees. Just food for thought...